Baby Rafiki Is Here: A New Mandrill At Animal Kingdom

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Baby Mandrill at Animal Kingdom with its mother

Just a few days ago, on Saturday, July 25th, 2020, a brand new addition arrived at Disney World—a baby mandrill was born at Animal Kingdom!

The brand new bundle of joy was born to parents Linus and Scarlett. According to the Disney Parks Blog, this is Linus’s very first baby, making him a first-time father!

A Baby Rafiki

If you’re unsure what a mandrill is, just picture Rafiki from The Lion King! He’s a mandrill.

Rafiki from the Lion King

Rafiki from The Lion King is a mandrill. Image Courtesy of Disney

The infant, just a few days old, is spending most of its time bonding with its mother. Both mother and baby are doing incredibly well!

Because its still so young, Scarlett is holding her baby very close to her at all times.

baby mandrill at Animal Kingdom with mother

Baby and mother are staying very, very close. Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Because of this, the Animal Kingdom veterinary team hasn’t been able to determine if the baby is a boy or girl.

They have also yet to name the baby! Once the gender is discovered and name is decided, the Vice President at Disney’s Animals, Science & Environment, Dr. Mark Penning, will announce it on his Instagram. Follow him at @drmarkatdisney.


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You’ll be able to catch the new mandrill at Animal Kingdom on Kilimanjaro Safari. Baby and mom have already made a couple of short appearances with the rest of the mandrill troop!

Be sure and congratulate the mandrills next time you’re riding Kilimanjaro Safari!

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Leah Sikes

Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).